Fri02122016

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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Burns discusses preservation of National Parks


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Speaking for the fourth time at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns focused on the story of America’s natural treasures in his appearances last month.

In his March 27 introduction, series founder Dick Henning noted that many Americans get their history primarily from Burns’ historical films for PBS, including “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The West,” “The War” and his latest, the topic of the discussion, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”

Burns opened with a 12-minute film on National Parks.

“It’s the power of history with its varied voices,” he said. “There is no better subject to make than the history of our National Parks.”

According to Burns, National Parks are as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and should be preserved for everyone. Americans from every background and region of the country have fallen in love with the parks and contributed their time and money to preserve them, he added.

Burns’ crew filmed at Yellowstone National Park, the first National Park. They captured its beauty and important inhabitants: grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk.

Burns reminisced about his first visit to a National Park.

“I remember in 1959, when I was 6 years old, my father took me to Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. With fog and mist hugging the road, we saw a beautiful new world. He held my hand at the waterfall,” he recalled. “Years later, you can remember how great this was with your dad. National Parks are for families. It’s where you take the family for a holiday. We could be walking in a cathedral of time.”

Discussing his visits to different Alaska parks to capture their grandeur in photographs, Burns inserted a touch of humor.

“Alaska took us in, and we will never forget those beautiful features – but we never saw Russia,” he said.

National Parks require co-ownership for continued preservation.

“What would happen if there were no National Parks?” Burns asked. “Yosemite would be a gated community. It’s not what you take away, but what you can put in for posterity and your children.”

Following his presentation, Burns answered questions from the audience.

Asked about documentaries he is considering for the future, Burns offered a full slate of upcoming productions. They include: “The Address,” the story of a small, private Vermont boarding school for boys 9-16 with learning disabilities; “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” spotlighting Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor; “Jackie Roblinson”; “The TET Offensive”; “Country Music”; and part 2 of “Ernest Hemingway.”

For more information on the speaker series, visit www.celebrityforum.net.

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